I have something sweet for you today. After redoing the wood file cabinet last week I wanted to make something small and easy. Something that I could do while sitting down and not have to wait for paint to dry. Since Valentine’s Day is only a few weeks away, I thought I would make something special to give to my family and friends. I gathered up the decorative paper, gift wrap and scrapbook paper I had in red, pink, and white and got to work while watching Downton Abbey and a few other shows that I DVR’ed.
I made paper Valentine heart pouches and filled them with candy. I saw something like them on Pinterest. Each one is unique – some are sewn closed on a sewing machine, a few are simply stapled, and I even hand stitched one closed with Baker’s Twine. Doing that one brought back memories of playing with sewing cards as a child and the requirements needed for a few Girl Scout badges.
The magenta heart is stapled closed. I trimmed the edges with scalloped scissors. The pink heart I hand-stitched. The red and white heart -I sewed closed on a machine.
How To Make A Heart Out of Paper
The easiest way to make a heart to use as a template is to fold paper in half and draw half of a heart shape along the fold on the paper. Cut out. Use the cut-out as a template to cut out the rest of the hearts from your decorative paper. If you can’t draw a straight line, I have included a free download of 2 different hearts for you to use as your template. The print-out also has the letters – X and O to use as gift tags.
Click here to download: Heart Template .pdf -Print it out on card stock to create an easier to trace around template.
How to Make The Heart Pouches
Once you have your heart cut out, place it on a folded piece of paper. Trace and cut out. You will have a front and a back.
Coordinate your thread to your paper. With right sides of the paper face out, sew a seam around the heart making sure to leave a 2-inch opening. You will sew the opening closed once you fill the heart with candy.
Fill the heart with candy through the opening.
This is the first one I stitched together – I left the opening at the top of the heart. After doing this, I decided it was better to keep the opening along one bottom edge of the heart so that any overlapping stitches made when closing up the heart after filling would be less obvious.
To close the hand-stitched heart, I used a large-eyed needle and Baker’s Twine. I just poked a hole in the paper as I sewed along the edge.
For the stapled-closed hearts – paint the top and sides of the staples first and let them dry. This way they will match or coordinate with your paper and will look more decorative.
Trim the edges if necessary with regular, pinking, or scalloped scissors.
Embellish with whatever you have on hand – buttons, pipe cleaners, yarn, twine, and ribbon.
You can embellish the hearts even further.
Little Hearts: I Mod Podged a chandelier crystal with an initial and attached it to the center top of the heart with a large jump ring. See my post on how to do this – here.
Red & White Heart: I cut out X’ s and O’s from cardstock and tied them on with Baker’s Twine that I threaded through a button first. Once the letters were tied onto the button, I hot glued the button to the heart.
Red Heart: The Key to My Heart. I punched two small holes in the top center of the heart and threaded the twine through to tie on a key.
White Heart: I tied a bow with Rick-Rac and then hot glued it on the heart.
To tie a gift tag on to the heart – thread twine through a set of buttons. Bring the buttons together and tie a bow on the top button.
Attach the X and O by piercing the top of each letter with a needle and then threading the ends of the twine from the bow on the button through and knot on the back side of the letters.
Another option: Punch two holes next to each other horizontally at the top center of the heart. Thread a pipe cleaner or yarn through them and bring the ends to the front of the heart. Thread a gift tag on before tying into a bow.
On this heart – I hot glued an earring that lost its mate.
When the recipient is ready to enjoy their Valentine treats all they have to do is rip the heart open. No pun intended :)